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Dragons Battle Back for Walk-Off Win, 4-3

Dayton, Ohio - The Dayton Dragons rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to battle back from a 3-2 deficit and defeat the West Michigan Whitecaps 4-3 at Fifth Third Field.  The win gave the Dragons their second “walk-off” victory of the season.

West Michigan scored an unearned run in the top of the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie.  But the Dragons began their comeback when Jimmy Pickens opened the bottom of the ninth with a single off the glove of second baseman Joey Pankake.  Garrett Boulware’s sacrifice moved Pickens to second.  Narciso Crook and Luis Gonzalez drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with one out.  Wendell Soto followed with a line drive single to center to drive in Pickens and tie the game at 3-3, but Crook was tagged out at home on the play as he tried to score from second for the second out.  Brian O’Grady walked to load the bases.  Ronald Bueno followed with a ground ball to the right side of the infield.  West Michigan first baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni went hard to his right, knocked the ball down, picked it up, and flipped to pitcher Johan Belisario covering first.  The throw beat Bueno to the bag, but Belisario was past the base when he took the throw in full stride, allowing Gonzalez to score the winning run from third.

The Dragons jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second when Boulware singled with one out to drive in Pickens from second, who scored with a great reaching slide to get around the tag.  West Michigan tied the game in the fifth and took the lead with one run in the top of the sixth.  The Dragons evened the score in the bottom of the sixth when Gavin LaValley doubled and scored from second on Boulware’s two-out single.

Dragons starting pitcher Mark Armstrong worked the first five and one-third innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) with one walk and five strikeouts.  Jake Ehret provided an exceptional outing in relief of Armstrong, retiring all eight batters he faced with six strikeouts.  Brian Hunter (1-1) allowed an unearned run in the top of the ninth but was credited with the win.

The Dragons collected eight hits.  Boulware was 2 for 3 with two RBI.  Soto was 2 for 4 with the game-tying RBI.

The Dragons (8-9) host the Whitecaps (8-9) in the last game of the series on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field as Dayton goes for a sweep of the three-game set.  Tyler Mahle (1-1, 2.87) will pitch for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Fernando Perez (0-2, 5.40).

All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at wone.com.  Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.

Notes:  Prior to the game, the Dragons placed outfielder Aristides Aquino on the disabled list with a broken left wrist.  Aquino was hit by a pitch from West Michigan’s A.J. Ladwig in the first inning Friday night.  Typical healing time for this injury is four-to-six weeks.  Outfielder Jonathan Reynoso was promoted to Dayton from extended spring training.  Reynoso appeared in 52 games for the Dragons in 2014, batting .229 with no home runs and 13 runs batted in.
Dragons Battle Back for Walk-Off Win, 4-3

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REDS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Joey Votto hit a three-run home run in support of Mike Leake, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Tuesday night.

Votto is the hottest hitter in the majors since the All-Star break, batting .561. He also walked, singled and doubled, giving him an NL-leading 37 multi-hit games.

Leake (9-5) allowed four hits in eight innings to win his fourth straight start. He allowed just two earned runs in his last 30 innings for a 0.60 ERA.

Jaime Garcia (3-4), activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day, made his first start since June 2 and gave up three runs and four hits in six innings. He is 10-3 against the Reds, including 7-1 at home.

ROYALS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Eric Hosmer's homer with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night over the Cleveland Indians, who have lost eight straight at home -- their longest home losing streak in 40 years.

Hosmer hit a 3-2 pitch from Trevor Bauer (8-8) over the wall in right for his 11th homer. The shot came one pitch after Indians catcher Roberto Perez threw out Lorenzo Cain trying to steal second. When his homer cleared the wall, Hosmer pointed toward Kansas City's dugout, which was celebrating wildly.

Wade Davis (7-1) pitched a perfect eighth and Greg Holland worked the ninth -- getting a nifty groundout, and a game-ending double play -- for his 22nd save as the Royals won their fourth straight and 16th in 21 games.

ANGELS-INDIANS TRADE

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have traded veteran outfielder David Murphy to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league shortstop Eric Stamets.

Murphy was originally in Cleveland's lineup Tuesday night, batting fourth as the designated hitter against Kansas City. But he was scratched about an hour before the first pitch.

Murphy's batting .296 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 84 games for the disappointing Indians, who have lost five straight and fallen into last place in the AL Central.

The Angels entered action leading the AL West by one game over Houston.

Stamets, 23, has spent the entire 2015 season at Double-A Arkansas, batting .248 (53-214) with three homers and 23 RBIs in 62 games.

Murphy signed as a free agent with the Indians in 2013. He's making $6 million this season with a $7 million club option for 2016. He batted .262 with eight homers and 58 RBIs last season.

BENGALS-THE PAST

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals owner Mike Brown has changed his mind and is finally willing to honor some of the franchise's best players at a stadium where there is virtually no trace of the past.

Brown says he's never been nostalgic and doesn't care for paying tribute to past stars. The only nod to the Bengals' history at Paul Brown Stadium is that it's named after his father, something that left him with mixed feelings. There is no Bengals Hall of Fame.

Other NFL teams have rings of honor or statues honoring figures from the past.

During the team's annual training camp luncheon on Tuesday, Brown said the team is considering ways to recognize previous players at the stadium.

MICHIGAN-JERSEYS

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan will retire six jersey numbers in a ceremony at the Ohio State game Nov. 28, ending the school's "legends program" in which players were given the same numbers as some of the team's all-time greats.

Michigan says it will retire Gerald Ford's No. 48, Tom Harmon's No. 98, Desmond Howard's No. 21, Ron Kramer's No. 87, Bennie Oosterbaan's No. 47 and the Wistert brothers' No. 11.

Howard's was the only jersey of the six that was not retired at Michigan before the start of the legends program.

Coach Jim Harbaugh also said Tuesday that a plan was put in place that would enable wide receiver Dennis Norfleet to "achieve his goals academically and athletically" at Michigan. But Norfleet can talk to other schools if he wants.

MEDIA DAYS-FEW QUARTERBACKS

UNDATED (AP) -- Conference media days have become made-for-TV events, but some of the most notable players are often missing.

Plenty of teams have been leaving their quarterbacks at home. Even some of the biggest stars in college football such as Penn State's Christian Hackenberg, Clemson's Deshaun Watson and Ohio State's Cardale Jones are being left behind as coaches lean toward rewarding upperclassmen with a media day trip.

Part of the reason is that experienced seniors can stay on message.

College football's media day madness hits the home stretch this week when the Big Ten and Pac-12 hold their preseason talkfests on Thursday and Friday. The American Athletic Conference is the last FBS league to go early next week.

GOLF GREAT-THEFT

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Authorities say the son and ex-daughter-in-law of late black golfing pioneer Charlie Sifford have been indicted on charges related to the theft of more than $1 million from him.

Craig and Sandra Sifford were charged Tuesday with theft, money laundering and unauthorized use of property. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor's office says they spent Sifford's money on travel, dining, clothes, jewelry and landscaping.

The prosecutor's office says an investigation into the thefts was ongoing when Sifford died in February at age 92. Sifford became the first black golfer to earn full-time playing privileges on the PGA Tour in 1961.

Authorities had received a complaint saying Craig Sifford was abusing a power of attorney for his father.

Craig and Sandra Sifford are divorced. His attorney hasn't returned a message seeking comment. A home phone number listed for them rang unanswered.

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